Students at the University of California have designed a solar-powered home as a possible solution to the intense water shortages.
The Our H2ouse (pronounced house) was created as a water-saving, energy efficient alternative for residents in the drought-prone region of California. According to the California Water Science Centre, the area has just ended a five year drought but, with the threat of climate change, they might not be out of the danger zone for good.
The H2ouse is fitted with greywater and rainwater storage, as well as a dual-energy and water-use feedback system that notifies occupants of their consumption. The students assert that in comparison to the average home, the residents will use 50 per cent less water while simultaneously reducing their carbon footprint.
The home’s exterior and interior are made from trees felled during the drought. Corrugated steel was chosen for the outside of the home because of its high-recycled content and durability as it is lightweight and corrosion-resistant. The Our H2ouse was built in this way to survive the intensity of droughts in the area.
However, it is still up to the residents of the home to take full advantage of its sustainable features.